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Movies of the month

Posted: 11:44AM April 2nd, 2012 | Comments

Each week, Sustain Dane staff provides a suggestion for an eco-movie rental from our favorite locally-owned movie rental store, Four Star Video.  Stop by and ask about the Eco-Picks!  And consider these rentals for the month of April.

Monday, April 2:  Directed by Sean Penn, “Into the Wild” is a crafty and stylish adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s break-out nonfiction book about a young man who snubs commercial society to makes his way in a Thoreauan self-reliance odyssey.

Monday, April 9: “No Impact Man” is a captivating and educational documentary that follows one New Yorker’s attempt to live an entire year without generating a single blip of carbon emissions—all while he lives umpteen floors up in a high-rise and with an Edina-born wife who isn’t completely thrilled with the experiment.

Monday, April 16: Starring a young but wild-eyed Mel Gibson, “Mad Max” was produced before the term Peak Oil was coined, yet it tells a thrilling post-apoplectic story about a desperate-world-turned-savage without oil.

Monday, April 23: A largely overlooked 2011 film, but recently released on DVD—and perfectly timed for the spring birding season—“The Big Year” is a fun, lighthearted comedy about a competition to spot as many birds as possible in one year. Starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin.

Monday, April 30:  “King Corn” is the true story of two Harvard graduates, ala Jackass-style, deciding to learn what it means to be corn farmers in Iowa—and, in the process, telling a compelling and troubling story about the economically and ecologically damaging role corn plays in America.




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